Immediately after he lost the United States championship to John Cena (in a great match that saw him wear himself down quite a bit, both in reality and kayfabe), Seth Rollins was forced to defend the WWE world heavyweight championship against Sting in the main event of tonight's Night of Champions pay-per-view (PPV) at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
He was beaten down, in part because he tried to leave before the Sting match and Cena put him down with an AA on the outside floor.
So Sting went to put him away early and when he couldn't, he just beat him down even worse. This continued until Rollins found the upper hand by pushing the Stinger through the Spanish announce desk. It was a bad looking bump and Seth used the opportunity to walk off with his title.
Count out keeps it with him, after all.
But hubris, and maybe pride, brought him back to continue the beatdown with the roles now reversed. Sting didn't get the upper hand back until he could send Rollins into the barricade. He scored a near fall on a surprise Scorpion Death Drop but Rollins got to the ropes.
From there, they went back and forth and for a minute it looked as though a Scorpion Death Lock would give Sting the win and the title. But it didn't. Instead, Rollins rolled him up and got the three count to retain.
After, Sheamus ran in to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase but a returning Kane showed up to thwart that. He chokeslammed both Rollins and Sheamus and the show ended like that.
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